Just In Time ELAR Training

Grades 4 & 5 - Don't Miss the Boat for the 2nd 9 weeks

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What you need to know

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4 Corners - Talk about it

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Don't Miss the Boat

We will use some visual cues to help us focus on some Learning Keys Components that we want to include in our lessons. Notice how many of these are included in the PA's!


Does this activity lend itself to higher order thinking?

5 Word Summary - Overview of your 9 weeks

This is a group activity. First highlight your grade level essentials on the TVD to see what you need to emphasize this grading period. Then read the overview and highlight key words. As a group decide on the 5 most important words to create a 5 word summary.
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Unit Vocabulary is important!

Teach what it is and what it isn't.
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Head bands activity

This is a review activity for kids who can read or recognize the words.

Your partner has a word on their head band. They can't see it, but you can. Try to help them guess by

1. explain what it is without saying the word.

2. tell them what it isn't without saying the word.

3. give examples, act it out or draw a picture to help.

Is this Head bands activity a form of formative assessment?

Turn and talk to a partner. What would you do while the students complete this activity to gather information (data) and what would you do after this activity for students who were struggling?

The PA's

The Performance Assessments in TEKS Resource System are valuable tools for teachers! You are missing the boat if you haven't included them in your planning.

I do. We do. You do.

Practice with the PA's


Guided practice

Independent practice

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Plan and prep for the PA

Powerful Influence

The mentor texts that you share with your students can spark interest in a topic, inspire curiosity to learn more and be a powerful influence on the students' writing. Listen to this interview with author, Seymour Simon:




"Read" an image

Read an image rather than a text to engage students and build background knowledge.

Look at the image below and discuss it with your table group.

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Schema Strips

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Organizational Pattern

Now that you can see the passage in its entirety, decide how the author organized the ideas in this passage.


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Use texts in other genres to make connections with expository texts.
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A tableau is a frozen scene that communicates a huge amount of information and feeling.
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The Talking Leaves

Your group will create a statue depicting a big idea from the passage.

Native Americans By ReadWorks

Discuss the organizational pattern used by this author.

Castaways share what you think about that activity.

What features from our Learning Keys training did you notice?

Let the kids animate their drawings to summarize a piece of text


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Cross curricular - Social Studies & Expository Reading - 4th grade PAs

Social Studies - Different points of view during the Mexican War (Statehood)

Reading - Opinion

build background knowledge:


video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpZ0Or_tLsc

Social Studies Resources for social studies.pdf

PBS transcript http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/transcripts/



PICK A SIDE (of the room)

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Have fun with letter writing

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Book Talks or Book Trailers

Wolves Seymour Simon

Genre Hang ups

Text Feature Scavenger Hunt

Use Educreations, Show Me, or SeeSaw

Now it's your turn

Choose a different PA that you want to use. Plan the activities that you will need to prepare your students for the PA.